Network Working Group                                    P. Hoffman, Ed.
Internet-Draft                                            VPN Consortium
Intended status: Informational                              June 9, 2012
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             Publishing the "Tao of the IETF" as a Web Page


   Discussion of the "Tao of the IETF" during 2012 made it clear that
   many people want the document published only as a web page, not as an
   RFC that needs to be periodically updated.  This document specifies
   how the Tao will be published as a web page.

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1.  Introduction

   The "Tao of the IETF" ("Tao") has traditionally been published as an
   RFC.  It has been RFCs 1391, 1539, 1718, 3160; it is currently
   [RFC4677].  There is now a strong desire in the IETF community to
   turn the Tao into a web page that can be edited more easily than an

   During the discussion that lead to this document, there were many
   proposals for how the Tao as a web page should be published and
   edited.  Some wanted just a web page; some wanted a web page and
   periodic snapshots as RFCs; some wanted a wiki that could be easily
   edited by anyone in the IETF community, with a master editor who
   would revert bad edits; some wanted a wiki with a more limited group
   of contributors.

   This document contains the procedure agreed to by the IESG.  The Tao
   has traditionally been an IETF consensus document, which means that
   the IESG has had the final say about what the Tao contained before it
   was sent to the RFC Editor.  Thus, the IESG should have final say for
   what the Tao says when it is a web page.

2.  Procedure for Publishing and Editing the Tao

   The Tao will be published at <> and

   The Tao will be edited by one person who is chosen by the IESG.  The
   editor of the Tao accepts proposed changes and additions from anyone
   in the IETF community.  The editor of the Tao decides which proposed
   changes should be submitted to the IESG for the next version of the

   The editor of the Tao will occasionally submit a new version of the
   Tao to the IESG for its approval.  The IESG may accept as many of the
   proposed changes as it wishes.  The IESG will then submit the changed
   version to the IETF Secretariat for publication on the IETF web page
   at the URLs given above.

   Each version of the Tao will have a visible timestamp near the
   beginning of the document.  All published versions will be archived.

3.  IANA Considerations


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4.  Security Considerations

   The Tao is available over TLS at <>.

5.  Informative References

   [RFC4677]  Hoffman, P. and S. Harris, "The Tao of IETF - A Novice's
              Guide to the Internet Engineering Task Force", RFC 4677,
              September 2006.

Author's Address

   Paul Hoffman (editor)
   VPN Consortium


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